Sunday, April 17, 2016

Haiku Poetry Day April 17, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Haiku Poetry Day

Haiku Poetry Day encourages you to try your hand at short, Japanese poems; stick to a syllable pattern of 5-7-5 and you’re off to a good start – but it’s much more complex than that!
To craft a perfect Haiku, you need to include an element of seasonality, and a ‘cut’ (either a word or through punctuation) to create a comparison between the themes and content of the haiku.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Having a dark complexion or color.
Usage:He is a noble of very lofty carriage, black hair, swarthy complexion, piercing eye, white teeth, and has a scar on his temple.

Idiom of the Day

dead last

 — In last place, especially by a wide margin, as for a race or other competition.


Ill-Fated lo Spacecraft Returns to Earth Safely (1970)

Less than a year after the first lunar landing, Apollo 13 departed for the moon. Two days into the mission, an oxygen tank exploded, severely damaging the spacecraft's electrical system, and the landing had to be aborted. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat, a shortage of potable water, and the need to improvise a carbon dioxide removal system, the craft returned safely to Earth. The immortal line from the mission—"Houston, we have a problem"—is a misquote.

John Pierpont Morgan (1837)

The son of a financier, Morgan began his career as an accountant before being named a partner in the firm that became J.P. Morgan and Company. One of the world's most powerful railroad magnates, he formed a syndicate to supply the US Treasury's depleted gold reserves and financed the mergers that formed General Electric and US Steel Corporation—the world's first billion-dollar corporation.

Verrazano Day

Observed in New York state, Verrazano Day commemorates the discovery of New York Harbor by the Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazano on April 17, 1524. With the backing of King Francis I of France, Verrazano sailed his ship to the New World, reaching the Carolina coast in March 1524, and then sailing northward, exploring the eastern coast of North America. He also discovered Block Island and Narragansett Bay in what is now Rhode Island. In naming the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York gave Verrazano official recognition. i consider the verrazano bridge 'my' bridge as it was built in my lifetime so i saw it in the making! :-)

Wallpaper Camera Wraps Around Any Surface

What if you could wrap a camera around your car (or tank) for a 360-degree view or encircle a streetlight to boost security? You might even use it as wallpaper to check out what's happening in the room next door. 

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1629 - Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

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1704 - John Campbell published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper. It is known as the Boston "News-Letter." 

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1758 - Frances Williams published a collection of Latin poems. He was the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere. 

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1860 - New Yorkers learned of a new law that required fire escapes to be provided for tenement houses. 

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1875 - The game "snooker" was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain. 

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1941 - Igor Sikorsky accomplished the first successful helicopter lift-off from water near Stratford, CT. 

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1947 - Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) performed a bunt for his first major league hit. 

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1964 - Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world. 

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1983 - In New York, a transit strike that began on March 7 ended. (due to this strike, everyone walked to work. therefore, i bought my first pair of 'sneakers' - vs 'deck shoes' - and that changed my life forever)

1985 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent, "LOVE" stamp. 


If You Were Born Today, April 17

You have inner strength and persistence that helps you to overcome obstacles. You understand things that go over others' heads, and your sense of humor is spirited. The drive for material security is strong. Power struggles are often present in your love relationships, generally because you tend to be attracted to people who as strong-minded as you are. Famous people born today: Victoria Beckham, Thornton Wilder, Jennifer Garner, Rooney Mara.

Picture of the day
Balearic green toad
A female Balearic green toad (Bufo balearicus), a lowland species of toad native to Italy.

Picture of women covered in colorful dust during the Holi festival in Vrindavan, India

The Color of Peace

Photograph by Tatiana Sharapova, National Geographic 
During Holi, the Hindu festival of color, in Vrindavan, India, two elderly women sit serenely, blanketed in the brightly colored powders that are tossed about during the celebrations. Social codes are often relaxed during the festival. “About 5,000 widows live in Vrindavan,” says Tatiana Sharapova. “The society [has slowly changed] its position toward widows, and a couple years ago, they were allowed to [participate in] Holi.”




Strasbourg Vest pattern by Kim Guzman
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Crochet Keepers

Baked Bean Bread
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SWEETS (new category)

DIY Hot Glue Bowl 

Toilet Roll Bracelets



University of Central Missouri professor Curtis Cooper discovered the newest prime number—and it is more than 22 million digits long! -------------------- The first book published by L. Frank Baum author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was a guide to rearing, mating and managing chickens. -------------------- When Barbara Thorpe died in 2002 she left most of her fortune to the stray cats of Dixfield, Maine! -------------------- Center Parcs Sherwood Forest in Rufford, Newark, UK, holds the record for the tallest stack of pancakes—piling 213 pancakes 3 ft. 4 in. high!

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The simple task of making the bed instantly tidies a room to make you feel more organized.  Get in the habit of making your bed as part of your morning ritual, soon it will become a mindless routine.  Often it causes a domino effect.  Once I make the bed, I’ll see a few other things that need to be picked and I’m inspired to make the whole room look nice.  Added benefit:  It helps me get a good night sleep.  There is nothing I love more than crawling into a made bed.  


Our laundry room sits right between our bedroom and my office.  Each morning, between coffee and work, my husband or I will toss a load of laundry in the washer.  I’d much rather smile at an empty laundry basket than growl at an overflowing hamper.  Added benefit:  I never have to spend an entire day doing laundry.  Everything I want to wear is usually clean, instead of in the dirty clothes pile.


 Just as a made bed makes my bedroom feel clean, a clean and shiny sink makes the whole kitchen feel clean.
I can’t go to bed with a sink full of dirty dishes.  Every night, as soon as we finish dinner, the dishes are cleaned up.  When the dishwasher is loaded and the kitchen sink is sparkling clean, then I can relax for the evening. A clean kitchen sink is my starting point each morning that helps me accomplish everything else.
The Scotch-Brite® EXTREME Shining Pad is my secret weapon to shining my stainless steel sink!
Just as shining the sink, a quick daily swipe over other surfaces will keep your home tidy. I love the Scotch-Brite 3-in-1 Microfiber Cloth, because they can be used wet or dry.  Kitchen counters, tabletops, appliances and furniture are wiped clean of dust and fingerprints. 
I like to keep a few Microfiber Clothes around the house where they will be needed the most. This routine requires very little thought or time. Simply wipe down surfaces in the kitchen and breakfast area after meals.  Keep a Microfiber Cloth under the bathroom sink to swipe over the mirror as soon as you finish brushing your teeth.  Keep another one in the drawer in the family room to wipe over the TV cabinet and coffee table when you’re on the phone or before sitting down in the evening to watch your favorite show.
Keeping surfaces clean on a daily basis will avoid that overwhelming feeling – when you finally take notice when company is coming over or you’re then too tired to deal with it at the end of a busy day.
microfiber cloth makes dusting a breeze.


Designate 10 minutes for a tidy sweep before dinner or right before bed.  Get the family involved and set the timer for a 10 minute clean sweep.
Assign everyone a task; put away toys, pick up items strewn around the house, empty the dishwasher, run the vacuum, use a lint roller on furniture, sort mail, wipe down bathroom counters and toilets, etc.
This ritual only takes a few minutes, and keeps everyone aware of their own household responsibility. 
Use a lint roller to clean dog hair off your furniture.
Remember, these rituals are a guide, I want my house to feel clean, not perfect, adjust to what works best for your family and schedule.  When I used to work outside the home, I did most of the clean up in the morning before I left for work, because I liked to come home to a clean house.

thanks, ellen

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I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold.
–Gregory, age 5

Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it.
–Olive, age 9

It’s not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there’s still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
–Matthew, age 9

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else.
–Mitchell, age 7

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science.
–Henry, age 8

Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!!
–Jack, age 6

Angels talk all the way while they’re flying you up to heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead.
–Daniel, age 9

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath again, somewhere there’s a tornado.
–Reagan, age 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter.
–Sara, age 6

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who’s a very good carpenter.
–Jared, age 8

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn’t go for it.
–Antonio, age 9

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.
–Ashley, age 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don’t make the animals get better, they help the child get over it.
— Vicki, age 8

What I don’t get about angels is, why when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.
–Sarah, age 7

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